Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Valley Animal Haven & Adoption Centeer: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to allow our Foster & Outreach Coordinator to attend the DPFL mentorship at Longmont Humane Society in Colorado in July 2019.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant allowed us to send our Foster & Outreach Coordinator, Sarah, to the DPFL mentorship in July 2019. This mentorship, in turn, allowed us to learn how to implement safe and fun playgroups for our canine population. Overall, this grant allowed us to learn and begin the steps towards implementing playgroup sessions at our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

200+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Once the DPFL program is implemented at our facility, this will allow us to support our general canine population. In particular, it will give one of our long-term residents, Taffy (first photo), some much-needed time to play and relax. Taffy is a very sweet dog, but she can be a little aggressive at the kennel gates. Because she can be intimidating to guests, people overlook her frequently. We took her out for our Mutts on the Move program and we learned that she is the sweetest dog we have ever encountered. We hope that, once we implement our playgroups, Taffy’s stress will gradually decrease and will increase her adoptability. Meet Taffy here.

ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were given to our foster homes that currently have foster dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The foster dogs in our care were helped by this grant by having additional enrichment toys in their foster homes. Kongs provide an enriching way to eat meals. Kongs are used for crate training as well. Our dogs are benefiting mentally and physically from enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight dogs so far, but we will be able to provide more Kongs this year!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Marlo is a dog in our rescue who struggles with anxiety. Now that his foster mom has multiple Kongs, she is able to prepare them ahead of time and freeze them. Marlo is then able to have Kongs throughout the day. This activity helps decrease his anxiety. He loves getting stuffed Kongs! Marlo has not been adopted yet. His Petfinder page is here.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

These funds were used to discount the adoption fees of cats available for adoption.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Because of this grant, we reached our goal of facilitating 150 cat adoptions.

How many pets did this grant help?

150, as well as countless others whom we were able to accept into our shelter to take the vacated spaces.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Mr. Good Cat (first photo) lives up to his name! An affectionate lap cat, he was devastated when his owner died. He came to our shelter frightened and depressed to leave the only home he had ever known. We are so proud to report that he has been adopted. Now happy in his new home, Mr. Good Cat spends his days surrounded by love once again.

Puppy Pleasers Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for our rescued puppies and dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The product helped keep our rescues entertained.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One of the dogs whom this grant helped was a German shepherd named Esme. Esme has gone from home to home and foster to foster, but what always made her happy were her toys. When Kong’s package arrived, she was one of the adults who received one. She carried her Kong around everywhere she went! It was like a pacifier to her. She would retrieve it when thrown and would just sit with it. Today, she is finally in a good home and was able to go home with her Kong. 🙂

ARF Texas: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to do corrective surgery on a dog with entropion. This dog had both eyes affected. The surgery was a success and the dog was able to have no long-lasting side effects. She has been adopted.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It afforded us the opportunity to correct this dog’s medical needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Truvy is a sweet, loving girl who was rescued from the shelter with a painful eye disorder called entropion. She has Shar Pei in her so her eyelids were rolling in on themselves, causing irritation and swelling (first and second photos). She has had corrective surgery and can now see perfectly! She weighs 45 lbs. and is 12 months old and sweet as pie. She loves every person and dog she has met. She is housebroken and crate-trained and never barks. She craves contact of any kind and will even rub on you like a cat!

Truvy was rescued from our local animal control after her owner surrendered her there. Our local animal control is pretty much a death sentence for owner-surrenders. As for her eyes, the irritation and swelling is especially bad when she first wakes up. Most of the time she will not even open her eyes, so she bumps into things around the house. Her peripheral vision is terrible, so sometimes she jumps if you pet her unexpectedly. She is constantly pawing at her eyes and they are constantly watering.

We got three vets’ opinions, and all three said she needed surgery and most likely would need more than one surgery. Both eyes, and both top and bottom lids, needed to be fixed. Her eyes had sunken in because the top and bottom lids had rolled in so far. She has really blossomed since her surgery; before, her eyesight was extremely limited. She has been adopted.

Fat Heads Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To provide our dogs with enrichment while kenneled.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Kongs help keep our dogs occupied while kenneled.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Mirielle was dumped in an overnight drop box at a high[-intake] shelter while she was in labor. We brought her into our program and she soon need an emergency C-section. She gave birth to seven puppies; six survived. Mirielle loved chew toys and having something to play with. We always made sure she had a couple of Kongs in her kennel. She has since been adopted.

FieldHaven Feline Center: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

FieldHaven Feline Center was awarded a $1,000 grant to be used to help promote the adoption of one of our senior cats, Lawrence Longbottom. The grant money will be used by his adopter to offset expenses associated with his adoption and care (e.g. vet appointments; testing).

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Unfortunately, Lawrence has still not been adopted! This is despite multiple posts on Facebook (below) and our June 18th e-blast (which included a YouTube video). In addition, Lawrence was recently featured in the program for FieldHaven’s annual donation-drive charity event, Classics, Cats & Cabernet, held on September 7, 2019.

June 18th eblast – https://mailchi.mp/fieldhaven.com/id-like-you-to-meet-lawrence-longbottom

Posts on Facebook:

June 18th – https://tinyurl.com/y57tosau
June 28th – https://tinyurl.com/y5d9q565
June 10th – https://tinyurl.com/yys7pnop
June 4th – https://tinyurl.com/yy49ae9m
April 6th – https://tinyurl.com/y5sbfwse

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Just over a year ago, Lawrence Longbottom’s life didn’t look so bright. He was wandering the streets of Sacramento and really needed help. He was taken to the University of California at Davis for medical attention. The veterinary staff fell in love with him, and that changed his life forever. UCD staff reached out to local shelters, asking if they would take Lawrence Longbottom. Lawrence soon found his way to FieldHaven, where he received the additional medical care he needed, as well as a lot of love from FieldHaven staff and volunteers. Being a senior guy, Lawrence doesn’t race around the house chasing toy mice; instead, he prefers to lounge on the couch with his person, watching TV or sleeping at the foot of the bed hoping to catch a glimpse of some birds flying by the window. Lawrence is a professional lap cat and is perfectly happy occupying a lap for the afternoon. If you are looking for a laid-back kitty companion and dedicated lap-warmer, please stop by and spend some time with Lawrence Longbottom. Just step into his room, put him on your lap and plan on staying for the day. He is FIV-positively adoptable and his adoption fee has been sponsored! All cats and kittens have received age-appropriate vaccines and are spayed/neutered and microchipped.

Lawrence is still waiting to find his furr-ever home. Meet Lawrence here.

Save One Soul: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to pay for Raina’s initial bill from the emergency room.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Without this grant, we would have struggled considerably to raise enough funds to cover all bills for Raina. This means we would not have been able to take in animals after Raina until the funds were generated. Thanks to the grant, we were able to take in one more dog since Raina.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant paid for a large portion of Raina’s bill, so it helped two pets (Raina and the dog we were able to take on due to the grant).

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The grant primarily helped Raina, who was hit by a car. Her initial assessment included road rash, a dislocated hock, and a hip injury. Thanks to the grant, we were able to get laser treatment to help with the road rash, have repeated bandage changes for the hock and hip injury, provide her with medication and supplements to help with arthritis, purchase an orthotic and see a surgical specialist. Raina remains under our care until her injuries are entirely healed.

The second pet who benefited from the grant was Elvis, a 1-year-old beagle who was turned into a shelter with a skin condition. The vet determined that he had bacterial as well as fungal infections and treated them with medication. Elvis also needed to be seen by an ophthalmologist due to a dermoid in his eye. Elvis’ skin looks good now, and his foster is considering adopting him once he is released from vet care.

Converse Animal Shelter, Inc.: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

CASI received a grant from the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home campaign. We divided the $2,000 grant so that we could apply $50 to each dog adoption. CASI was able to lower the adoption fee to $100 for 40 different dog adoptions.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The San Antonio, Texas, area has a low cost of living, but also has lower salaries than most of the state. People are very cost-conscious when making a purchase. By lowering the adoption fee to $100, CASI was able to get these animals adopted, which raised the morale of the staff and volunteers at the shelter. Of course, the animals, who were adopted into good homes, and their new families were thrilled as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

Forty individual dogs were adopted through this grant, making room at the shelter to take in more abandoned pets.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Bentley, a 15-year-old hound (first photo), was left in a carrier at CASI’s gate in 2004. She was adopted in December 2009 but unfortunately was returned in February 2016 due to the poor health of her adopter. She found a second home in August 2016, but was returned to CASI in October 2018 when her owner lost her job and had to move in with relatives. A couple came to see her in August 2019 and they both fell in love with her. The fact that the adoption fee was down to $100 helped these adopters make up their minds to take Bentley home (second photo).

A lady surrendered a tiny white Chihuahua (third photo) to CASI in February 2019. The 4-year-old female pup had been the constant companion of a relative from the time she was 6 weeks old. Her owner had passed away and Baby was inconsolable; she hid from everyone, she cried constantly, and our staff was unable to comfort her. A lovely lady visited CASI in August of 2019; Baby climbed into the lady’s arms and we knew they were a match. The grant made it possible for the adopter to cover the adoption fee with her senior citizen’s income.

In June of 2019, a thin, balding little gray dog showed up at our gate. Hunter (fourth photo) turned out to be a very pregnant 3-year-old Siberian husky who was suffering from mange. With a lot of love, medical treatment, and good nutritious food, she turned into a sweet, beautiful dog. After she had her five puppies, we were able to put her up for adoption. Her coat has grown in and she has gained a healthy amount of weight. A couple came to CASI and, thanks to the reduced adoption fee, they were able to take Hunter home with them.

Bald is Beautiful Hairless & Small Breed Rescue, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The grant is being held for Bellaboo’s adopter for her daily medications when the right adopter is located.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant is allocated for the adopter per the grant agreement to help encourage the adoption of a special-needs senior.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Bella was abandoned at a vet’s office we use for our foster dogs in very poor health due to untreated diabetes and Cushing syndrome. Bella is also blind due to the diabetes. The vet’s office stabilized her and asked that we take her into rescue to find an adopter. Since entering foster care, Bella has lost some weight and is learning to walk outside on a leash with her halo. Bella is a remarkable dog with a huge, loving personality. We are still seeking the right home for her where she will be loved for a lifetime and her medical needs met. She remains on Petfinder. Meet Bella here.